Category Archives: anal health

  1. In Africa, Anal Sex Goes Hetero

    by IRMA advocate Bisi Alimi (pictured in purple, with IRMA advocate Kadiri Audu at the recent Project ARM – Africa for Rectal Microbicides meeting held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.) While I was in secondary school, I was always told that anal sex is something between two men. Many anti-gay activists have used this sexual practice as a Read More >>

    Africa, anal health, anal intercourse, anal sex, heterosexuality, homosexuality, IRMA, IRMA Nigeria, lubricant, MSM
  2. Rectal Sexually Transmitted Infections and Lubricant Use

    via Sexually Transmitted Diseases, by Pamina M. Gorbach, DrPH, Robert E. Weiss, PhD, Edward Fuchs, PA-C, Robin A. Jeffries, MS, Marjan Hezerah, PhD, Stephen Brown, MD, Alen Voskanian, MD, Edward Robbie, MPH, Peter Anton, MD, and Ross D. Cranston, MD Background Use of lubricant products is extremely common during receptive anal intercourse (RAI) yet has not been Read More >>

    anal health, anal intercourse, anal sex, Infections, lubricant, Microbicides, rectal microbicide
  3. Electrocautery ablation safe and effective to treat anal lesions

    via aidsmap, by Michael Carter A clinic-based intervention offers safe and effective treatment for high-grade pre-cancerous anal lesions, US investigators report in the online edition of the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes. Doctors at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, used a technique called electrocautery ablation to treat pre-cancerous anal lesions in 232 gay Read More >>

    anal cancer, anal health, anal sex, gay men, HIV, MSM
  4. Getting to the Bottom of It

    via Positively Aware, by Gary Bucher, MD, FAAFP I have witnessed and taken part in the many changes in HIV care over the past 25 years. At the beginning of the epidemic, silence and fear was the name of the game. It took HIV activists taking control of their health care destiny to force the medical community Read More >>

    anal cancer, anal health, anal Pap smear, cervical cancer, HPV
  5. IRMA Survey On Rect Douching and Enemas in 5 Languages – Please Participate!

    IRMA and researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Public Health are conducting a brief survey to help better understand the types of products people use rectally for anal sex including lubricants and enemas or douches. Take the survey in English, Spanish, French, Chinese, or Russian. We’re trying to gain a better understanding Read More >>

    anal health, anal intercourse, anal sex, enema, HIV, IRMA, rectal douche, STD, survey, UCLA
  6. HPV Vaccine Protects Women Against Anal Infection

    via Medpage Today A vaccine against human papillomavirus (HPV) protects women against two strains of the virus that causes anal cancer, researchers reported. The vaccine (Cervarix) against HPV strains 16 and 18 offered “strong protection” against anal infection in a study whose main goal was to assess the efficacy of vaccination against cervical infection and pre-cancerous lesions, Read More >>

    anal cancer, anal health, Cervarix, HPV, vaccine, women
  7. KENYA: Rural MSM Too Afraid to Access HIV Health Services

    Via PlusNews. Discriminatory laws and a largely homophobic society mean that men who have sex with men (MSM) in Kenya generally find it difficult to access HIV-related information and health services, but rural MSM have an especially hard time. When Kibet Kipsowen*, 30, a cattle keeper in Kenya’s Rift Valley Province, and his partner have sex, they Read More >>

    Africa, anal health, anal sex, healthcare, HIV transmission, HIV/AIDS, Infections, Kenya, lubricant, MSM, UNAIDS
  8. Vietnam: Gay rights group tackles insensitive medical care

    Doctors believed, for example, that becoming a homosexual was a fashion statement. They teased gay patients, and criticised anal sex despite training on gay issues, the survey revealed. via VietNamNet Nguyen Thanh Trung (not his real name), a gay man who lives in Ha Noi, was very upset by the way doctors discriminated against him when he Read More >>

    anal health, anal sex, discrimination, gay men, healthcare, homophobia, MSM, stigma, Vietnam
  9. Description of a Pilot Anal Pap Smear Screening Program Among Individuals Attending a Veteran’s Affairs HIV Clinic

    via AIDS Patient Care and STDs Isabella Rosa-Cunha, Vincent A. DeGennaro, Rene Hartmann, Clara Milikowski, Andres Irizarry, Brenda Heitman, Orlando Gómez-Marín, Gordon M. Dickinson. AIDS Patient Care and STDs. April 2011, 25(4): 213-219. doi:10.1089/apc.2010.0233. Abstract Despite the higher risk of anal cancer among HIV-infected individuals currently there are no national or international guidelines for anal dysplasia screening. Read More >>

    anal cancer, anal health, anal Pap smear, HIV/AIDS, standards of care
  10. Pittsburgh’s Dynamic Rectal Duo

    IRMA Scientific Vice Chair Ian McGowan and his research/life partner, Ross Cranston (also a member of the IRMA Steering Committee) are featured in CUE Pittsburgh this month. They talk about our favorite topic – rectal microbicides – and a trial taking place right in Pittsburgh that gay men can get involved in. The article, below, starts on Read More >>

    anal cancer, anal health, Dr. Ian McGowan, Dr. Ross Cranston, gay men, new prevention technologies, Pittsburgh, rectal microbicide, research